One more day left to the long awaited of Unboxing Samsung latest flagship mobile, Samsung Galaxy S8. The unboxing event is highly anticipate after the battery-gate that Samsung Note 7 had suffered. While most Samsung Note users are not upgrading their Note 5 to Samsung S8, nevertheless all of us couldn't wait for the launch and the official spec to finally release.
After Note 7 battery-gate, let's just pray that we are not buying another tiny destruction weapon.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphone(s) are expected to come with iris scanner, a biometric authentication feature that made its debut in the Galaxy Note 7. This time, the iris scanner will likely be a part of the front-facing camera. It was recently reported that Samsung is planning to bring facial recognition technology to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, as the iris scanner has speed issues.
Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to come in two variants based on screen sizes - 5.8-inch (S8) and 6.2-inch (S8+). But unlike the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, both S8 versions are likely to come with dual-curved displays. The ‘regular’ Galaxy S8 will be slightly less powerful than the Galaxy S8+. However, both are expected to have the same design.
As mentioned above, there are two versions of Galaxy S8 expected. One with a 5.8-inch display and another with a 6.2-inch display. Both smartphones’ displays will be of Quad HD resolution. Interestingly, the S8 duo will also come with an ‘Infinity Display’ technology, as well as an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
If the recently-leaked alleged images of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are to be believed, the fingerprint sensor will be relocated to the back of the devices, next to the primary camera. Also, the front panel has around 90% screen-to-body ratio, with minimal bezels on top and bottom. It’s been said that Samsung had to add the fingerprint sensor at the last moment, as the on-screen fingerprint technology wasn’t ready by the time.
Although preliminary reports suggested that the S8 duo will come with a dual rear-camera setup, latest leaks have hinted that there will only be a single 12MP rear camera in the S8 and S8+. Interestingly, Samsung is the only major smartphone manufacturer that hasn’t introduced dual rear camera setups in its smartphones. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are also expected to come with an 8MP selfie-shooter. The company's Apple Siri rival - Bixby, is also expected to have some functionality tied in to the cameras. Furthermore, the camera interface will likely have a dedicated icon to activate the AI and OCR features.
Like many of its predecessors, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 (and S8+) is expected to come in two variants based on SoCs. While units sold in selected countries will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, other regions (including India) will most likely get the handset(s) powered by Samsung’s own Exynos-9 series chipsets. Latest reports have also claimed that the global version will have 4GB of RAM, while that sold in CHina will come with 6GB of RAM.
A new accessory called 'DeX Station' could debut with the Galaxy S8 smartphones. It looks like a charging dock and comes with a USB Type-C charging port. The dock will be able to connect with PCs and work like Windows 10 Mobile's Continuum feature. Users will be able to simply connect the smartphone with the dock to browse files and transfer content.
Since Samsung has already started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat OS updates to its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphone, it is all but sure that the Galaxy S8 duo will come with Nougat out-of-the-box. Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI is also expected to be overhauled with Grace UX. The UI will come deeply integrated with Bixby assistant, which Samsung confirmed recently. There may be a dedicated button to trigger the assistant as well.
A reliable tipster on social media claimed that the flagship smartphone would cost 849 euros, or approximately around Rs 61,000. The Galaxy S8 is also said to have a 'Plus' variant, which is expected to cost more that 949 euros (Rs 69,000). While there is no word on the handsets’ India launch, they will go on sale in selected countries starting April 28.